Sunday, September 15, 2013

Review- VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS VOL. 5

VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS VOL. 5 (Bluewater, Print on Demand via Comic Flea Market, 2013; Softcover)
Collects Vincent Price: House Of Horrors No. 3, Vincent Price Presents Nos. 20, 24, and a fourth story, Hyperkinetic Bullet, which I could not ascertain which issue it was originally published in, even after wasting a half hour Googling various things. (cover dates July, 2010- July, 2012
Writers: Rita Gorgoni, Stephen Nelson, Mark Miller
Artists: Stefano Cardoselli, Jose Wilson Magalhaes
Colorists: Mark Doson, Ilaria Bramato, Niko Anaya

At last! After years of delays, cancellations, resolicitations, and disappointment, we finally get a physical copy follow up to Vincent Price Presents Vol. 1! There was a 480 page softcover Omnibius solicited as far back as 2009, but it was delayed, then cancelled, then resolicited, then delayed, and finally, cancelled again. Then the title was offered as a digital collected edition. Heck, I read Vol. 4 when I got a review copy. I chose to wait for the promised physical editions of Volumes 5 and 6, which I bought when they were offered. Now if we could just get volumes 2-4 released in book format...
This title is a Horror anthology in the grand tradition, although this title uses modern storytelling sensibilities and has only one story per issue instead of several short stories. The thing that I enjoy about this series is that there is no one set style for anything, be it the writing or the artwork. I may not be able to appreciate all four of the stories collected here but I appreciate the contrasts between the styles.
Some of the stories, such as Witchfinder (Issue 24) and Pawns (Issue 20), work really well and have good writing and artwork. Others, such as Black Magic TV and Hyperkinetic Bullet, are marred by the substandard artwork by Stefano Cardoselli. This is a mixed bag in terms of quality but I found myself enjoying it well enough. Consider it decent “mystery” type old school Horror.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 3 out of 5.
The OCD zone- This is a print on demand book from the site Comic Flea Market. There is no indication as to what printing it is and, as such, it is an OCD paradox. There are no “printings”, and yet, there must be...
There is no indication which issues are collected in this book, nor are there credits provided for the writers and artists, either on the inside cover or the non-existent table of contents. This is a huge no-no in the collected edition world. Only the first two issues in this book have credits listed in them. This drives me insane and rates an OCD fail. I wasted a good chunk of time online trying to give proper credit to the writers and artists and found that there is very little information about this title on the major comic book database sites.
DVD-style Extras included in this book: There are chapter pages with original artwork, but these are not the actual issue covers. None of the issues collected in this book have the original cover included here, which is a shame because the covers are always really cool on this series...except for the cover on this book, which is by Stefano Cardoselli.
Paper rating: 4.25 out of 5. This has a surprisingly decent weight coated stock paper, which shocked me given the independent, small press print on demand thing. I like it.
Binding rating: 2 out of 5. While the glued binding is solid and doesn't creak, man is it tight. It takes a lot of effort to hold open and read. If the book were heavier it could be used as a pectoral workout machine. Having said that, I have zero concern about this book falling apart. I believe that I will fall apart before this binding will.
Cardstock cover coating rating: 4.5 out of 5. While the cover doesn't have a super thick lamination, it is decent and scuff resistant. I'm happy.


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